chapter  5
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A kind of confession

Heidegger himself speaks of a ‘confession’, after saying, in the person of his ‘Japanese’, ‘As far as I am able to follow what you are saying, I sense a deeply hidden kinship with our thinking, precisely because your path of thinking and its language are so totally other’.129 Whereupon Heidegger, in the role of the Inquirer in the fictitious dialogue, continues pointedly with the words: ‘Your confession arouses me in a way that I can master only by our continuing our conversation’. Everything that precedes and follows this (and especially the two adjacent pages of text) constitutes in selected passages Heidegger’s confession.